March 2017

Supporting the care and conservation of elephants in Asian range countries.

April is the month
It comes but once a year
It brings springtime showers
And make the flowers cheer

For us at AES
CPK is on our minds
Raising funds for elephants
While you wine & dine

Some of you may be sad
There's no CPK to be had
So help us anyway
And not go away mad

You can still participate
And help in many ways
Our CPK event
Is held for many days

Spread the news on Facebook
With your friends far away
Maybe they can go
To CPK one of those days

You'll find a list of restaurants
Locations in many states
CPK is a yummy place
For any type of date

Or perhaps at your work place
You could gather orders
Some CPKs deliver
Most have curbside porters

Another way to participate
That is easy and direct
Make a simple donation
A tax deduction you will make

This was just a few
Ideas we shared with you
Perhaps you have thought of
Another way to that's new

Share your ideas with us
We'd love to hear from you
On how you participated
And helped the elephants too
Asian EEHV Working Group

In November 2016, AES president Linda Reifschneider attended the second meeting of the Asian EEHV Working Group, a group of veterinarians, elephant managers, researchers, and mahouts who are committed to providing the best care possible for elephants.  In our February 2017 Newsletter we gave an overview of Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpesvirus (EEHV)  and its devastating impact on Asian elephants, especially young calves, worldwide.

However, we are Asian Elephant Support, and the meeting was an eye-opening but honest wakeup call about how very much needs to be done throughout the Asian range countries to prevent deaths due to EEHV.  Tragically, many calves are dying without proper diagnosis of EEHV. Equipment, supplies, and training for veterinarians, mahouts, and owners is necessary to both identify the disease and to initiate treatment in the very narrow window for possible survival.

To this end, AES has made their first commitment of $3,000 to cover the airfare of six participants in a three-day training workshop at Kasetsart University in Thailand.  This laboratory is well-equipped and easily accessible to participants traveling internationally from the range countries.  The workshop will provide training in the molecular diagnostics of EEHV, as well as educating the attendees in sample collecting and planning for EEHV cases.

New lab equipment

The second phase of this project is to support the travel of two or three of the participants from the first training workshop to additional Southeast Asian countries to implement secondary workshops for more wildlife health professionals.  This approach will increase the region’s capacity to continue providing training in EEHV diagnostic techniques, allowing for the training of others in their own labs.  To date, individuals from Kasetsart University (Thailand), National Trust for Nature Conservation (Nepal), and University of Peradeniya (Sri Lanka) are willing to serve as secondary trainers.  They plan on training a total of 15 additional researchers in ten labs in Asia to perform the molecular diagnostics for EEHV.

Only 30,000 to 50,000 Asian elephants remain in the wild, scattered across fragmented habitats in 13 Asian countries.  EEHV is a significant threat to the survival of this vulnerable species.  The formation of the Asian EEHV Working Group together with the National Elephant Herpes Laboratory (NEHL) training, chemical reagents, and diagnostic equipment in Southeast Asia – with the collaborative support of AES and other organizations – is a critical step toward successfully confronting this disease in Asian range countries.  Make no mistake; it won’t be easy or quick.  But almost 100 cases have been confirmed in Asia to date, with many more deaths suspected but unconfirmed because of the difficulty of diagnosing EEHV in wild elephants and the lack of testing capacity in the range countries.    After accurate diagnosis in the lab comes training in the field for owners and mahouts to identify and respond in the small window this disease offers for possible survival.  

AES will continue to help with funding as applicable and possible.  To this end, any supporters who would want to make a gift to AES specifically toward this effort can note on their checks or PayPal donations “EEHV”.   Thank you!

Our First Ever CPK Host Competition

Have you heard the awesome news about becoming a host this year for our 7th annual California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) fundraiser?  This year, besides helping spoil elephants rotten in range countries, we are helping spoil our volunteers rotten as well.   This year we are holding a “Host with the Most” competition for our volunteers.

This year’s hosts eligible for three prize baskets: grand prize and two runners up!  Our winners will be calculated based on dining donations and direct contributions to AES.  Each basket is loaded with goodies graciously donated by the elephant community and AES. We don’t want to give away too many details just yet, but it is obvious to SEE that our grand prize basket is valued at well over 400 dollars! Who’s to say that a painting isn’t worth a thousand words or it’s that awesome tool you need every day but you haven’t been able to get just yet?  We’ve got you covered!  

We will be coming out with more hints and photos of our prize baskets via our newsletters and our awesome Facebook page that you should definitely follow.  All of our current CPK locations can be found on our website
and also found on our Facebook page.  If you or anyone you know is interested in hosting, please give us a shout

Update From the Field:

Conservation Response Units, Sumatra
This past February the seven operating Conservation Response Units (CRUs) in Aceh, Sumatra were notified that a restructuring of the forestry department would leave them without funds for up to six months.  The change in governance to provincial forestry officials will take several months.  This has left the mahouts in some areas without their basic needs being met.  Unfortunately, as we all know, money matters can take an eternity within a bureaucracy.  

When AES heard of the emergency situation we were able to provide funds within a 24 hour period after having received the news.  Because we are a small, close-knit board of directors we were able to respond in the knick of time.  Thankfully, due to our dedicated supporters, we had the funds available for the CRUs to continue their mission to mitigate human-elephant conflict around Way Kambas National Park.  We couldn’t have done it without your support.  So on behalf of the elephants and mahouts in the CRUs, we say thank you.  

AES Mission

  • Provide financial support for the care and conservation of elephants in Asian range countries that meet our criteria for care of captive elephants and for conservation of the species.
  • Increase awareness of the needs and future of the Asian elephant.
  • Increase awareness of the humane treatment of elephants living in captivity.
  • Provide educational opportunities to those persons who care for captive Asian elephants in range countries.
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We will love only what we understand.

We will understand only what we are taught.” 
-Baba Dioum
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We  wish to extend a very sincere thank you to each donor who has voted their support with a financial gift. We value that confidence and will always do our best for the animals we all care for so deeply.

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